After watching Mockingjay Part 1 a few months ago, I came to a startling realization: I’ve only read The Hunger Games Trilogy once in its entirety.
Part of this is because I really was not happy with Mockingjay. I don’t even remember what specifically I disliked about the finale (side note: Catching Fire is my favourite), except that I was largely unsatisfied with the end. And even so, I’m surprised that I only read the series once.
And some people may be wondering, what’s the big deal? So you only read a book once? So what?
The “so what” is that I find this story important, and rereading a book for me gives me a second chance to analyze, discover scenes or quotes that i may have glanced over before, and relive the scenes that made me uncomprehendingly emotional. And rereading the Hunger Games has been one enlightening experience.
What happens when I reread a book is that, because I know what’s going to happen I can savour details that I may have skimmed over in the first reading (a frequent cause of speed reading is the lack of knowledge of the next plot point). One thing that didn’t really click when I first read the book was how snarky Peeta was. My brain had sorted him into the “nice guy” trope because it was more concerned with the action packed plot. But this time around, Peeta was ridiculously charismatic to me, which makes an awful lot of sense because that’s what he’s good at, but I didn’t really see it until this read through.
Also, rereading allows me to re-experience certain scenes. All over again, I got to experience the thrill of the plot twist that is Peeta’s interview, or get teary as Katniss sings to Rue. And who can forget the scene when Katniss finds Peeta hiding by the river?
That’s probably the best thing about rereading: you know you’ll be satisfied because that’s why you picked the book up again—you liked it. So you can just sit back with that book, with no fear for a terrible plot or character development and enjoy the experience of reading. And there’s a certain comfort in that.
There’s a comfort in knowing that Luke will be redeemed as a hero by the end of PJO. There’s comfort in the fact that Ella will be free from her obedience curse, or that Jonas is going to be free of his Community and get married and have kids. Heck, there’s even comfort in knowing that Dumbledore, Dobby, and Snape are going to die (despite however odd that may seem) because you know it’s coming, and however much its still going to hurt, you still know it’s coming.
But what about you guys? Why do you reread books and what are your favourite books to reread? Let me know in comments!